When we think of God’s gifts we often think of really good stuff like love, joy, peace and hope. However, I wonder if we can get a little narrow in our God vision…I know I can.
For the last couple of weeks St. Tim’s has been welcoming refugees aged 12-18 into our building for a summer learning experience. The kids are fantastic. They’re eager to learn and to offer a smile. They’re welcomed by outstanding teachers who are passionate about helping them make the very difficult transition to life in the United States. And, the first afternoon I went into the bathroom after they were finished with class I panicked. The sinks were dirty, the garbage was overflowing and there was enough sand on the floor to keep a preschooler happy for hours. How were we going to keep this clean?
But then I realized this dirty bathroom was a sign that life was filling the building – Holy Spirit life rooted in the ministry of hospitality and welcoming the stranger in Christ’s name. Hallelujah!
My hope for you this summer is that so many people are welcomed into your life and your hospitality in Christ that you’re overwhelmed for just a moment. Then, let it sink in, you’ve been a gift of God…hallelujah!
See you Sunday…